Professor Sir Walter Bodmer

Sir Walter is head of the CRUK Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford. He studied mathematics in Cambridge and then did his PhD there under the renowned statistician and population geneticist R. A. Fisher. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

His research interests have ranged from population genetics, especially of humans, through bacterial genetics, somatic cell genetics, pioneering studies with Julia Bodmer on the HLA system and its association with disease and more recently on colorectal cancer genetics and biology. He was a prime mover in promoting the Human Genome Project and the second President of the Human Genome Organisation, HUGO. His book with Luca Cavalli-Sforza, on Human Population Genetics, first published in 1971, is now considered a classic. He joined the Scientific Advisory Board in June 2016.